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Most Irritating/Brilliant Earworms

06/01/2015 13:51 GMT | Updated 08/03/2015 09:59 GMT

Ever since Joe Pasquale sang "I know a song that'll get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves...", repeatedly, I have loved a good earworm. If you haven't heard of the term, an earworm is a catchy piece of music that repeats in a person's mind, long after they've stopped listening to the actual song.

There's a lot of advice about how to safely dispose of these earworms, from replacing it with a new song to passing it onto someone else. I've always felt uncomfortable about these disposal tips, firstly because it seems so callous and secondly because I'm very fond of my earworms. Also, passing it on to someone else feels way too close to the plot of The Ring to be an action I can endorse, let alone partake in.

So, in the spirit of celebrating the genteel earworm, here are my favourites. Listen at your peril.

I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves and this is how it goes

Who knew that Joe Pasquale performed material that wasn't his?

Nyan Cat

I genuinely really love this song, listen to it for enjoyment and have listened to most of the covers, my favourite being the smooth jazz version

Wizardora

Oh sweet lord this one just goes round and round and round

Weebl - Badgers

I mean MrWeebl has done so many but this was one of the first videos I watched online, before YouTube was but a twinkle in some programmer's fingers

Natterjack Toad

Ok, fine, you caught me. When driving around one day I wrote such a sweet song that I just had to get it recorded and an animated music video made. It's my contribution to the world, I can die proud. I hope you can't stop singing it.

Remember, if you get one of these stuck in your head then you have a week to pass it on to someone else or you will see Sadako/Samara climb out of a well and out through your screen, humming that same song. Chilling.